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dinosaur steaks and muscle fiber types
Perhaps the thread about eating dino meat can be turned into something
scientific. Ostrich meat is dark and "steak-like" because of the preponderance
of fatigue-resistance, "red" muscle fibers, highly aerobic and signifying a
creature that is very active. Croc meat, especially the tail, looks more like
chicken breast or white fish because the muscle fibers are more of the
fatigue-prone, anaerobic, glycogen-dependent, "white" type. Those of us who
consider dinos as highly active would expect a theropod steak to be more like
bear meat than chicken, red, juicy, and flavorful.
James M. Norton, Ph.D.
University of New England
College of Osteopathic Medicine
11 Hill's Beach Road
Biddeford, ME 04005
phone: (207)283-0171 x2270